My 23 Favourite Books in 2018
Neil Gaiman says, “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” I agree. I can’t even decide on my favourite five from the books I’ve read just this year.
I can pick one favourite non-fiction book, in part because I read less non-fiction than fiction, and because Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari was so illuminating and thought-provoking, and way more accessible than I expected a book on a topic of such scope to be.
I can also pick two favourite books that I read for CNIB this year: The Word Collector, a picture book by Peter. H. Reynolds, and Fire Song, a young adult novel by Adam Garnet Jones. (Both happen to be Starred selections in “Best Books for Kids & Teens, a guide for teachers, parents, and librarians published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre each year.)
I probably wouldn’t be able to name favourite books at all if I didn’t keep track of my reading at Goodreads.com because I also agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
According to my “Books Read” shelf on Goodreads, here is a selection of my “read (so far) in 2018” favourites.
For Kids and Young Adults
Trampoline Boy — Nan Forler
Wicked Nix — Lena Coakley
Yellow Dog — Miriam Körner
Ebb and Flow — Heather Smith
Kate’s Ring — Donna Grassby
(The one pictured with this post, I read in 2017.)
The Dutch Wife — Ellen Keith
The Shadows in the Street — Susan Hill
Trust Your Eyes — Linwood Barclay
Dancer — Colum McCann
Brother — David Chariandy
The Boat People — Sharon Bala
The Boy on the Beach — Timi Kurdi
The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil — Lesley Choyce
The Good Doctor — Damon Galgut
Tarry This Night — Kristyn Dunnion
The Piano Maker — Kurt Palka
A Piece of the World — Cristina Baker Kline
The Dinner — Herman Koch
The Evening Chorus — Helen Humphreys
Starlight — Richard Wagamese (in preparation for reading for CNIB in 2019)
What were your favourite reads of 2018? Can you name just five? Or one!?
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.